The Final Moments Of Muslim Grandmother Who Was First Victim Of Nice Attack

Fatima Charrihi, as with every day, spoke to her only sister and best friend Aicha Aissaoui in Amsterdam on the phone Thursday. At around 7 p.m., Aicha was preparing to take her children for a sushi dinner in the Dutch capital. “Have fun with your daughters, enjoy life while you’re still with them,” Fatima said at the end of the conversation. Four hours later, she was dead.

Her 22-year-old niece, Amina Aissaoui, speaking from the Charrihi family home in the winding hills of Nice’s La Madeleine district, recalls the conversation from the same evening that the 62-year-old mother-of-seven became Mohamed Lahouaiej Boulhel’s first victim.

As he began his deadly hurtle down the city’s Promenade des Anglais, Boulhel’s truck threw Fatima, a devout Muslim who recently fasted for Ramadan, 10 meters. Boulhel killed people of his own religion, Islam—which, according to friends and family, he barely adhered to—as well as murdering and maiming Christians, Jews, Tunisians, French and young children, among others. Thursday’s truck attack, claimed by the Islamic State militant group (ISIS), left at least 84 dead and dozens in critical condition.

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